My name is Kelly Mattison and I am a freelance health and social affairs journalist based in Stockport, greater Manchester. My articles have been published in big issue in the north, big issue Scotland, guardian society, guardian social care and young minds magazine.

Wave hello to the children in Wigan

In a solicitor’s office in Wigan, Alison Hull is having a huge chunk of her hair cut out from her scalp. A pathologist is carrying out this procedure with what Hull describes as a large pair of wallpaper scissors. After he has finished Hull cries and the solicitor witnessing the act has tears in her eyes. “I had long blonde hair down my back,” Hull says. “I’ve had to have it cut short now because of the bald patch it left.”

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Children need more protection from porn

Children need more protection from porn

Calum Best: what it’s like to grow up with an alcoholic parent

Calum Best: what it’s like to grow up with an alcoholic parent